We have stayed at this site many times thanks to family being in the area and are visits have mostly been over Christmas. Our most recent was in December 2017.
Firstly, access. Straightforward, however it is worth following the directions given by the club rather than your SatNav. Cherry Hinton High Street is not a friendly place for a caravan thanks to a number of speed reducing measures added over the years – nicknamed Noddyland by locals and very unpopular when first implemented. Approach should always be from the Queen Edith’s Way end of Lime Kiln Road. Our Site Arrival Video shows two options – from the M11/A11 and A14.
There is just one set of wardens here so arrivals are from 1pm giving then time to have lunch.
The site is set in an old quarry, so rather than one big open space, pitches are separated into areas all of which are cul-de-sacs so it’s advisable to go and have a walk to see what is available and where you fancy. The site currently has 67 pitches including 48 hard standing but development work is being carried out early in 2018 to increase the number of hard standings as well as the to redesign the entrance. Why not check out our Slide Show to have a look around.
There are a number of service points dotted around the site and one facilities block – this was refurbished a few years ago and in our numerous visits we’ve always found it immaculate and never had to wait even when the site has been busy. The information hut is by the barriers and was well stocked with leaflets as well as menus for local eateries and bus timetables for Cambridge city centre and beyond.
The site is quiet at night, however there is a little noise to be had from the nearby school at certain times – we never found it intrusive though.
Getting connected – we picked up TV without any problems – or an aerial amplifier – but hook ups are available and may be welcome in areas of the site that are more sheltered. WiFi is rated Gold by the club but we found the connection speed to be similar to other club sites – around 1Mbps download with upload at around a quarter of that. 4G was available on all the major ‘phone networks but again, this may vary depending on when you are located on site.
There is a dog walk on site – but just across the road you will also find the East Pit – now opened as a nature reserve and the adjacent Spinney. A little further away, the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall provide a great space for a run around too.
Out and about there are no shortage of things to keep you busy. Bus stops are barely five minutes walk from the site – one located conveniently by a pub – which may be of interested on your way back! Cambridge city is without doubt the highlight here and rightly so. A day will barely scratch the surface but as a starting point I would recommend a climb up the tower of Great St Mary’s Church by the market square. It’s only a few minutes walk from where the bus will deposit you and will help you get your bearing and give a great view of the city too.
From here head along Kings Parade past Kings College. You could carry on here in to Trumpington Street to the excellent and free Fitzwilliam Museum, or then turn right down Silver Street and take a walk along ‘the backs’ – Queens Road – which will give you fantastic views of a number of the colleges that make up the University of Cambridge including the iconic and world famous view of Kings College Chapel.
Punting along the river Cam is a must – and gives you an entirely different perspective on the city. You might be tempted to have a go yourself – but it isn’t easy and most opt to have a ‘punter’ who will also give you some history of the city.
For lunch, the Pickerell Inn on Magdalene Street is handily located and reputed to be Cambridge’s only pub. Just a few yards away, by Magdelene bridge is one place from which you can hire a punt.
You can look around some of the colleges – however it depends on the time of year and whether it’s term time. Some charge and some don’t. Normally you can have a nose in the quad though. A little out of the city centre but on the bus route, the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens may be of interest too.
Shopping wise, there is the aforementioned Market Square with it’s traditional canvas topped market stalls operating six days a week. There are plenty of independent shops to help you empty your wallet or purse and the Grand Arcade houses all the usual chain store suspects – and a Tesla dealership too! A second shopping area – the Grafton Centre is a ten minute walk away from the Market Square.
Cambridge could easily keep you occupied for several days, but there is plenty in the surrounding area worthy of your attention too. The Cambridge American Cemetery at Madingley may not be an obvious tourist stop off but it is very popular – and the seasonal hop on/hop off bus tour stops here too.
Five miles from Cambridge just off the A14 is Anglesey Abbey – a National Trust property and gardens well worth a few hours of your time. Even in December it was popular and the Winter Garden was stunning.
A little further afield and around 15 miles away is the city of Ely – reached via the A10, by bus, or train from Cambridge station. In many ways like a smaller version of Cambridge, however motorists are positively welcomed – unlike Cambridge – with free parking available in the majority of car parks. The stunning Cathedral is the draw here but why not head down to the riverside too? In season there are great boat trips to be had along the River Great Ouse. You can get evening trips along to riverside pubs too.
We’ve barely scratched the surface with this review as there is so much more to do – Audley End House and the delightful market town of Saffron Walden, Duxford Imperial War Museum and Newmarket – the home of horse racing – are just a few.
All this exploring will no doubt work up an appetite. If you don’t fancy cooking, the Robin Hood pub is a short walk from the site as is the Red Lion. There is Tesco Express in the High Street and a Superstore a few minutes drive away towards Fulbourn. Information on these and more can be found in the hut on site.
Whenever you are buying insurance, one of your biggest concerns is likely to be whether it provides suitable cover.
Your concerns might loom larger still when it comes to static caravan insurance, since it is a specialist type of insurance, yet one which plays a critical role in protecting the enjoyment of your holiday home.
These are concerns we fully recognise here at Cover4Caravans, where we are firmly of the belief that the most appropriate caravan insurance for you is the insurance that meets your particular, individual needs and requirements. We select and tailor our policies accordingly.
A specialist broker
We specialise in providing insurance for all types of static caravan. We are familiar with the wide range of makes and models, the many parks and resorts in which they may be found throughout the UK, and the equally wide variety of owners – each one may have slightly different needs and circumstances.
That’s why we emphasise the importance of getting the most appropriate cover for your static caravan:
Confer with fellow owners
- we are not alone in our views, of course – you might also want to gain the insight of other static caravan owners by reading the pages published by the Static Caravan Club, for example, or the new discussion forum opened on Caravan Talk in October 2017;
Insurance for the static caravan
- at the heart of your insurance cover is the protection of the holiday home itself against loss or damage through exposure to risks such as storm damage, fire, flooding, impacts, theft and vandalism;
- getting the appropriate cover is a combination of many factors, including the age, make and model of the caravan itself, plus its location, and how you intend to use it (for your own exclusive use, for example, or occasionally let to paying guests);
- the age of your static caravan may be critical since many parks and resorts impose a maximum number of years before your lease expires;
- also on the subject of age of your ‘van, insurers typically offer a new for old replacement of caravans that become a total loss depending on the age of the ‘van, plus how many owners it has had. At Cover4Caravans, in the event of a successful claim, we offer new for old cover on both static home and tourers up to 5 years old and regardless of the number of previous owners;
- remember, too, that any major refit or refurbishment of your static caravan is likely to increase its value – when you may need to review the total sum insured;
- one of the elements of insurance frequently overlooked by owners of static caravans is the importance of liability insurance;
- if someone injures themselves when visiting your holiday home, they may hold you liable (alleging that you failed to keep it in a safe state of repair, for instance) and claim damages in compensation;
- alternatively, your static home may be responsible for damage caused to a neighbouring caravan (a piece of loose decking flies off and strikes your neighbour’s during a storm, for example) – again you may be held liable;
- liability insurance is designed to provide indemnity against such claims – and the legal costs that may be involved in defending them;
- your adequate liability insurance is also one of the principal concerns of most park managers – who share a responsibility for ensuring the safety of other residents and their visitors.
Subject to any conditions written into your lease agreement with the park or resort on which your holiday home is berthed, you have no legal obligation to arrange static home insurance – but it is clearly important that you secure the most appropriate cover for your individual needs and circumstances.
Gadgets and accessories for your caravan – can you ever have enough of them! Building up your collection of the really useful and the practically whimsical is part of the fun of caravanning.
The winter months which stretch ahead at this time of the year see a traditional lull in the caravanning calendar. You might usefully compare caravan insurance – it needs to be done if you want to make sure you are still getting a competitive deal – but there’s also time to put aside the serious business and browse through this year’s catalogue of gadgets and accessories.
Sturdy camping chairs
Have you ever faced the embarrassment of a camping chair collapsing when taking the weight of a fellow camper – or worse still, you? It’s hardly surprising, given how flimsy some of them are (the camping chairs, that is).
In that case, you might welcome Practical Caravan magazine’s top tips on a selection of selected, heavy-duty chairs, which all pass a 120kg weight test.
It might not be you who needs one, but if there are children or teenagers in your caravanning party, your life is likely to be hell unless you come up with a charging solution for their smartphone, tablet or Kindle.
Most are relatively affordable and new to the market this year is something called the Powerchimp 4A, which doubles up as both a charging device in its own right and a portable charger for 2 AA or AAA rechargeable batteries.
The fridge in your caravan is likely to be a three-way type of device. There’s a 12-volt battery-driven phase, which keeps everything cool when you are on the move; a mains mode, when you have an onsite electric hookup; and gas operation from your main cylinders when the battery is down, or you are off-grid.
It might have a freezer compartment, but this is likely to be tiny.
A fourth option is a portable freezer, or so-called compressor box – based on the same compressor technology used by your fridge/freezer at home and connected either to your 12 or 24v battery supply or the mains.
The Waeco CoolFreeze says it offers sterling performance at a competitive price – for what is a technologically sophisticated product.
Your caravan already has one fitted, of course, but there are times when you might want to step away from a quite cramped galley inside and do your cooking in the fresh air – it’s what camping’s all about after all.
There is a huge range available and, this summer, the Independent newspaper reviewed a number of different models, including larger stoves which do a lot more than just boil a kettle of water. The Jumbu stove, for example, has a gas ring, grill and wind-shielding side panels for all your alfresco cooking needs.
Are you keeping your caravan locked up and unused during the cold winter months? Might an underfloor central heating system help to change your mind and encourage trips away even when there’s snow on the ground.
The lap of luxury it might sound, but some caravan manufacturers are developing the idea – including a system installed in a Buccaneer Caravel and described in Caravan Talk.